U.S. Rep. Gianforte files for re-election; field appears complete for MT congressional seat

HELENA – U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., paid his candidate filing fee Thursday to run for re-election, likely completing the filed of competitors for Montana’s only congressional seat.

Gianforte won the seat last May 25, in a special election to succeed Ryan Zinke, who resigned after becoming U.S. Interior secretary.

In a statement Thursday, Gianforte said he’s running to “serve the state I love and ensure that Montana’s voice is always heard.”

Gianforte appears to be the only Republican in the race, but five Democrats and a Libertarian are trying to unseat him this year.